Re-learning Lessons

Like most people, at the beginning of the stay-at-home order, I gained weight. My gym was closed, and I was working feet away from all the food. To be truthful, even before that I weighed more than I wanted to, and my new “eat all the snacks” mentality didn’t help.

Then the switch clicked and I was ready to fix the problem. It wasn’t reaching a scary number on the scale (or even a REALLY scary number). It didn’t happen when I wanted to lose weight for the wedding. Nope. This time it was my collar bone.

Back in June I realized only a tiny portion of my collarbones were still visible. That was my “Oh hell no” moment. I was back on the wagon the same day.

Every few years I needed to relearn the lesson that strictly following a calorie count that I can maintain indefinitely (for me it is 1800 a day) will let me slowly lose weight and then hold steady.

Not only have I regained the full run of my collarbones, I’ve lost a total of 10% of my body weight.

I’m much happier, in better shape (thanks to three-times-a-week cardio and a daily 10-minute strength training session), and look great. And I’m only 8 pounds away from my old dance training weight! I’ll take it.

With the holidays coming up, I know there will be some backsliding. It’s okay. I will stick to my calorie counts on the other days. At least I’ll be better off in January than I would have been if I was just adding on to the Covid weight.

Sorry I didn’t find a secret “eat all you want” method of losing weight. It was reassuring to me that the tried and true and not too onerous method still works.

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